Chair, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas

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Position Title:

Chair, Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Job Location:

San Marcos


Chemistry and Biochemistry

Position Description:

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas State University invites applications for an experienced and outstanding senior scholar to serve as Department Chair beginning Fall 2024. The appointment will be at the Professor level with tenure.

Ours is a multidisciplinary Department with ~35 faculty members, on tenure and non-tenure tracks, and serves ~700 undergraduate majors, ~6,000 non-majors requiring chemistry classes, and ~50 master's and doctoral students. Faculty research interests encompass a wide range of chemistry and biochemistry - from materials science to biophysics to chemistry education. The Department offers professionally certified B.S. degrees and terminal M.S. degrees in chemistry and in biochemistry. Additionally, many faculty supervise doctoral students, primarily in the interdisciplinary Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization Ph.D. program, housed in the College of Science and Engineering.

The Chair will lead a highly engaged and collaborative faculty team committed to advancing undergraduate and graduate teaching and increasing productivity of externally funded research and innovation. In this way, the Chair will guide the Department in pursuit of the University's goal to advance to R1 status.

Texas State University is a proud Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) with a diverse campus community. The student body includes 40.5% Hispanic and 59.5% total minority representation. Further, 44% are first-generation college students and 36% are eligible for Pell grants. The remarkable growth of the University over the last decade yielded research expenditures in FY2022 exceeding $110 million - comparable to Carnegie R1 institutions in the country. This is projected to increase to $140 million in FY2023.

The Chair will be the Department's academic and administrative leader, working closely with the Associate Chair. The Chair reports to the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, which boasts the largest student enrollment at Texas State, comprised of the Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Mathematics, and Physics, and the Ingram School of Engineering. The College also houses the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center. A hallmark of the College is high-quality research, exemplified by seventeen faculty members having received NSF Career awards since the early 2000s. Our faculty are collaborative and interdisciplinary researchers with strong track records of external funding. We are committed to training our students to be leaders through academically rigorous coursework and impactful research experiences. These efforts benefit from our powerful suite of instrumentation, including resources housed within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and in the University's Shared Research Operations core facility.

This position is subject to the availability of funds.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in academic administration.
  • Record of instruction at the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Sustained record of teaching, service and scholarly achievements consistent with the rank of a tenured, professor.
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Record of effective leadership that may include examples of professional training; university growth or new programs; innovation in curriculum; and development of new facilities, funding, endowments, and partnerships.
  • Successful record of maintaining a competitively funded research program that is acknowledged by peers.
  • Consistent record of advising, supervising, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Experience with shared governance among faculty with varying titles, ranks, and program specialties.
  • Research and teaching philosophies that align with the Department and University.
Application Procedures:

Only applications submitted through the Texas State University website will be accepted and considered:

To ensure full consideration, please submit the following by January 31, 2024:

  • Cover letter addressing required and preferred qualifications.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Research statement with a focus on active and anticipated projects, as well as philosophy and experience with collaboration and cross-disciplinary activities (4-6 pages).
  • Teaching statement describing approach, experience, philosophy, and interests (1-2 pages).
  • Leadership statement including experience, philosophy, and interests (3-5 pages).
  • Unofficial transcripts

Questions regarding this position should be addressed to Edwin Piner, Chair of Physics, at, +1-512-245-4720, Texas State University, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA.

The selected candidate will be required to provide official transcripts from all degree-granting universities attended.Proposed Start Date:

Fall 2024

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EEO/AA Statement:

Texas State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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If you experience accessibility issues or require alternative formatting during the application process due to a disability or underlying condition, we request that you contact Talent Acquisition for assistance. A representative from Talent Acquisition will respond to you as soon as possible.

Record Checks and Verifications:

Employment with Texas State University is contingent upon the outcome of record checks and verifications including, but not limited to, criminal history, driving records, education records, employment verifications, reference checks, and employment eligibility verifications.

Eligibility for Employment:

Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed.

Why Work at Texas State?:

Texas State University is home to more than 38,000 students and 2,000 faculty members in the growing Austin-San Antonio corridor. A member of the Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity Carnegie classification, the university creates new knowledge, fosters cultural and economic development, and prepares its growing population of diverse students for the endless possibilities that await them as citizens of Texas, the nation, and the world.Bolstered by research with relevance and innovation in creative and scholarly work in a full range of academic disciplines and a spirit of inclusiveness, Texas State seeks outstanding candidates for a variety of faculty positions.

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